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03 - Letters from Jesus - Part 3: Letter to Church in Pergamum by Pastor Tim Lundy

LETTERS FROM JESUS – Part 3: Letter to Church in Pergamum by Pastor Tim Lundy

Sr Pastor Tim Lundy kicks off the new year with the new series Letters from Jesus. We'll dive into the Book of Revelation, which addresses seven letters to seven churches in Asia Minor. Each letter, as proclaimed by Jesus and recorded by John the Apostle, declares the triumphs and failings of the recipient churches.

BACKGROUND TO PERGAMUM

CHARACTERISTICS OF CHRIST v. 12
• The sword is the Word of God.

• The truth of God’s Word is both the means of salvation and the standard of
judgment.

COMPLIMENT v. 13
• They live in an area where Satan’s influence and power are evident.

• They courageously held on to their faith even to the point of martyrdom.

CRITICISM v. 14-15
• There were groups in the church that taught it was okay to compromise with the
culture.

• They believed it was okay to separate your spiritual life from your personal life.

CALL TO ACTION v. 16
• Repent -- for not addressing this in the church.

• If you won’t deal with it – He will.

COMMITMENT TO OVERCOMERS v. 17
• He promises sustaining power to those who trust Him.

• He promises a reward that symbolizes both victory and intimacy.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
1. Read Revelation 2:12, Ephesians 6:17, and Hebrews 4:12. What do these verses
tell us about the character of Jesus? Has there been a time in your life when
Scripture has brought something about character or behavior to your attention that
you otherwise would have overlooked?
2. Like Pergamum, we also live in a culture influenced by Satan. Where do you see
that influence the most? In what ways do you think the church in America has held
fast in spite of it?
3. Considering the criticism Jesus leveled at the church in Pergamum, do you think
you can separate your spiritual life from your personal and public life? Why or why
not?
4. Read Revelation 2:17. How are you encouraged by the two promises Tim listed as
commitments to overcomers as you walk through the hard truths Jesus calls us to?

To download the sermon notes and discussion questions click here:
https://venture.cc/messages/letters-from-jesus/pt-3-pergamum/

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